The odd couple gets a visit from a lady pug who is immediately smitten with Pug, aka Wonder Pug, at least according to Chick’s boasts.
The real crush seems to be on Daisy, and it’s not Pug who is so impressed with her feminine charms. Chick practically trips over himself to brag about how magnificent Pug is. Daisy is determined to have the uninterested Pug prove he’s really a knight in shining armor who will give her flowers, find her lost bow, and protect her from the evil, menacing shadow that is following her. And Chick does all in his power to play up Pug’s efforts, which really amount to snoring, rolling over, and simply standing up. While silly Chick is impressed, Daisy certainly is not. But in a twist reminiscent of The Paper Bag Princess, Daisy rescues Pug when a bee flies into his mouth. And finally, all three are ready for the nap that Pug has been working on the whole time. “After all, sometimes love makes you sleepy.” Sattler’s Chick is a bundle of energy, with cool shades, a magazine to read, and plenty of imagination, while Pug, as usual, is a lump who only wants to sleep, his eyes rarely fully open. Unfortunately, in their fourth outing, the pals’ shtick is losing its steam—how often can one laugh at Chick’s foolishness and Pug’s torpor?
Thin stuff; for a satisfying love story aimed at the preschool set, seek out Robert Munsch’s aforementioned classic. (Picture book. 3-6)